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're going to show a live picture of virginia beach. the storm is just offshore there. sam champion is there. you see the waves kicking up. it was a little tough ride in north carolina. >> overnight, earl came within 85 miles of cape hatteras, with wind gusts up to 78 miles per hour. that is hurricane force. and it may be a sign of what's to come further north. over the next 24 hours, hurricane earl is expected to give a second punishing blow to eastern massachusetts. that's montauk right there. hurricane warnings are all up for cape cod and martha's vineyard and nantucket. boats being pulled from the water. fema, sending supplies and telling people not to be lulled into any sense of security. >> we have our correspondents in the storm zone, up and down the coast. we lead off with sam champion on virginia beach. hey, sam. >> good morning, george. good morning, elizabeth. this is a category 2 hurricane. there was some weakening overnight. when you talk about hurricane-force winds at 74 miles per hour, 78 miles per hour, you're talking about a nasty storm. look at the skies here. look at the c
. you see those heavy downpours there across north carolina, extending up into virginia. that cluster of heavy rain on its way to us and so we're going to keep the flood threat going into the evening. 70s, rain still a flood watch through tomorrow morning. and again some of these downpours as they move in out of the south may be pretty heavy. much more on this and a look ahead towards next weekend, coming up. >>> long before the flood warnings and watches came into effect western high school in north baltimore was forced to close because of flooding in the school. workers arrived and found a few rooms damaged from the overnight rains. the damage was minor and they expect to have everything all cleaned up so school can resume tomorrow morning. >>> the other big story, the latest on the building collapse in west baltimore we told you about at 5:00. city rescue crews are still at the scene of druid hill avenue and laurens streets. around 3:30 this afternoon crews got a call a two-story building collapsed. police received initial reports that a woman bystander was standing near the buildi
and starting to be felt in southern parts of virginia and on its way up the east coast. let's goat to lynnette charles. >> reporter: we are watching earl this morning. it is bringing rain bands now, lots of rain into the outer banks. let me show you what's going on because we do have beaches under a tropical storm warning and the winds about 30 to 60 miles per hour. the waves are 8 to 10 to 15 feet. check out what's going on in ocean city. not much change there and we do have the winds out of the north east. we have joce there standing by. tell white house you have. >> good morning. we moved to higher ground because we wanted to give you a better view of the ocean. it's scary out there. we saw things yesterday shaping up to be a bit dicey. they let surfers out on the beach and now we have people who are living here. a couple of hours makes a difference. when we first walked out cried, just another day at the beach nothing happening. two hours fast forward, a big defense. it's dulled down a little bit. rain, wind will start and stop. we'll continue monitoring this. we'll have the latest from oc
carolina and virginia have declared a state of emergency. maryland's coastal areas are under a hurricane watch, and tonight don harrison is keeping a close eye on earl what's the mood like tonight. >> reporter: it's one of the biggest weekends of the summer there could be 300,000 people here. ocean city is a coastal town they are used to getting storms tropical depressions nor he's terse. there's a lot of sand behind me hopefully ocean city's beach can handle this. there's about 10 miles of beach in ocean city. the lifeguards are spread thin because a lot have gone home or back to school. so vacationers are looking for a little excitement from earl. >> we're not worried about it. we're excited about the hurricane. we don't get any in new york. >> reporter: well some people are excited about this. of course you know the beach gets up here and the surfers like it out here and we have maryland's spokesman their mayor, mayor rick meehan how is ocean city looking for this weekend. >> i think we're looking all things considered pretty good. it looks like the storm is going to pass a couple
see why, lot of rain brewing down there in virginia and north carolina. this storm really getting its act together and on its way in here tomorrow. clear in the city now but that heavy rain set to start falling in the next couple hours. more on this and a detailed look on when the rain gets out of here. >> thank you. bge expects power outages from the storm to number though the thousands. preparations are being made. we are live with that part of the story. >> reporter: the state taking seriously. the state emergency operations center will be activated tomorrow morning. we did see some rain but nothing like what we are expecting tomorrow. bge is calling this a system wide event which means they are expecting power outages over a widespread area. it's fall, but most of the leaves haven't gotten the message yet. >> problem for us is the combination of the high winds, soaked ground. >> reporter: the canopy will act like a sail on a sailboat and with gusts expected to approach 50 miles an hour trees will come down, some bringing power lines. >> we are certain we will have thousands of
of an impact, a close pass on the east coast, already watches and warnings posted for virginia through north carolina, and we'll be watching our close approach to ocean city thursday night and friday. beyond that labor day weekend looking cooler but looking nice. here we go. tropical satellite showing us where it is, east of the turks and northeast of the turks and caicos and bahamas islands. we'll have the latest update in just a few minutes. taking you back home, a quiet sea, clearing and calm on the satellite and radar, across maryland. temperatures ranging from 70 in baltimore, 72 easton, 71 in ocean city. nice weather before that storm approaches. it's the seas starting to get angry. locally the hour by hour forecast brings us a high of 95 with mostly sunny sky. let's check on the traffic with kim brown. >> a heads up as you make your way through baltimore city on northern parkway, construction lane closures in both directions as you approach the jfx, not a big deal right now but as rush hour gets started it will cause delays. in towson, a downed tree blocking all lanes in both directio
the united states east coast. impact the outer banks before it passes close to maryland, virginia and delaware. in fact right up to the virginia border now. it's a hurricane warning in effect. a hurricane watch still for ocean city and delaware beaches and a tropical storm warning for maryland and delaware. beach forecast for people headed down there this three day weekend. earl will be very close through the day on friday. high about 88. the big deal the winds and surf. eight to ten feet or higher. rip currents a problem to. we will talk act the latest and your outlook coming up. >> thank you. the coast guard and the natural resources police preparing just in case earl decides to push farther inland. we are live with that part of the story. >> reporter: kelley labor day weekend always one of the busiest boating weekends of the year. take a look. the marina has a lot of empty spaces. not sure if people moved their boats out. that row is usually filled with smaller boats, even sailboats. some of the larger boats aren't going anywhere. they are been hunkered down. people who go out
beaches and down into virginia. when you get to north carolina pink shaded counties that's an actual hurricane warning for the carolina counties there to the east. so you can just see we are expecting some very rough weather in that direction. a quick check on the beach forecast the first part of the weekend at least, the most unsettled day will be friday. we'll look early to be very, very close to friday afternoon some gusty winds there in ocean city. and then finally we clear it out saturday. but the surf will be up to 4 to 7 feet by thursday. could be 10-foot to 12-foot waves rolling into the beaches on friday night into saturday. so huge waves possible definitely heed your lifeguard warnings if you're headed beach side. >> be sure to stay with abc 2 news for continuing coverage of hurricane earl. tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. a hurricane earl special tracking the path of the storm. special edition of good morning maryland this friday starting at 4:00 a.m. we'll have the latest developments on the storm and its aftermath. you can get the very latest on earl's path on our web site at abc2
drenched virginia earlier today as it moved the eastern seaboard. the outer bands that lashed north carolina with winds and heavy rains but the storm did not come close enough to do severe damage. don harrison joins us live. lacks like business as usual in ocean city other than the flooding behind you don. >> reporter: well, they are getting back to usual. you ocean city does have about 10 miles of beach. they have a long coastline. they have jet hes out here. sands dunes they put up some snow fences to take the sands from flowing around. they have done a lot. all this to get ready for earl. earl has provided quite an awesome display of the power of mother nature. >> there are waves out there cracking all over the beach here. >> reporter: many people take advantage of this situation. jet skyers get a ride for their life. the coast guard uses this as a time to train their men how to handle rough seas. some observers are impressed with the surf. >> it's the biggest waves ever seen. >> reporter: ocean city officials have closed the water to swimming, it is awful dangerous out here
earl will end up. many people remember back in 2003, let's take a look. this is virginia beach at the time. it was later september when hurricane isabel took over the mid-atlantic area, blasting virginia beach towns before moving up here to visit us. normally that would be a good thing but not considering the size of the storm, even though isabel's center was moving across western maryland and pennsylvania, its circulation was pushing water back up the bay causing epic flooding from annapolis to downtown baltimore. people were out there paddle boating to get around back in 2003. >>> and remember you can always get the latest on earl's path on our website, abc2news.com, we'll have the up-to-the-minute forecast and updates from anywhere earl has an impact. stay with us, abc2news.com, throughout the week. we'll have live team coverage from ocean city starting tomorrow until after earl has passed us by. >> five minutes after 6:00. people in one glen burnie neighborhood are upset, but to be honest anyone will be upset when you hear this story. police are looking for a man who raped
. they are headed to the eastern shore anyway. some have elected to go down to virginia where the hurricane is dumping heavy rains on the virginia coast. some people are driving. others are flying this labor day weekend. if your plans include hopping on a plane, you probably want to know, can i get out of town? linda so joins us perfect bwi thurgood marshall airport. hi, linda. >> reporter: good morning. no major cancellations or delays because of hurricane earl. it's causing a little bit of delays from the carolinas to the new england area, labor day vacationers are keeping a close eye on the storm. while the majority of us will be driving, labor day is a big weekend for air travel. several major airlines are allowing customers to rebook their flights if they are worried buzz of earl. south west is letting its customers get ahead of the storm and catch an earlier flight at no extra charge. >> we've been tracking it, and trying depending upon which angle it takes it could either hit boston or miss it, but we're going to get ahead of the storm. we don't know what will happen as you get there
virginia to maine hundreds of miles of beaches now face heavy surf from this labor day weekend traveler still on the move. north carolina's governor says it appears easterly caused no major injuries, no major damages. in atlantic beach now, emily smith abc news. >>> now for a look at tonight's top stories down at the ocean things are starting to get back to normal for the neighborhood weekend. hurricane earl brushed by the coast of maryland early this morning causing high winds and crashing surf it's now a category 1 hurricane as it moves off the coast of new england. >>> a sigh of relief along the gulf coast tonight a coast guard cutter patrolling the area around the platform fire is not reporting any signs of leaks. the platform owner says it doesn't know what caused that fire. >>> detectives in baltimore city are investigating a deadly shooting from late last night. officers were called to the 500 block of eastlynne avenue and southwest baltimore. a 30 year-old woman was killed two other victims including a 14-year-old boy are expected to survive. police believe the shooting stemme
away from hitting the mid-atlantic shoreline. the governors of maryland, virginia and north carolina have declared states of emergencies. thanks for joining us this morning, i'm megan pringle. >> i'm jamie costello. >> let's go right to weather. here's meteorologist justin berk. >> we are checking out the latest on earl. earl has gotten stronger. it really increased strength yesterday. it surpassed that. this morning's advisory from the national hurricane center, showing 145 mile-per-hour winds. a very clear distinct eye now. roughly 30 miles across. the wind field of tropical storm force winds extends 230 miles away. which means if the center of the storm is 230 miles away from ocean city, they'll still get tropical storm force winds. the one good thing here is that the passage of earl off the coast will be the weaker side of the storm. usually the right side with forward motion. the worst part of the storm is out to sea. the beaches under a tropical storm warning. winds averaging between 40 and 60 miles per hour this time tomorrow into the early part of the afternoon. waves probabl
way to the outer banks. we'll have a camera for you out of there in a second. here's the virginia beach. here's the eye wall of now category 2, a strong category 2 hurricane now in earl. winds to 105 miles per hour moving north at 15. 275 miles i believe south of ocean city now. at least the northern part of the eye wall s. you can see impressive deep convection. where you see the darker reds, those are high storm tops, deepest storms. it's the most intense field around the eye wall here. outer spirals just cloud cover. the ones coming through baltimore now. we have rain bands along the outer banks. let's give you a look at the track of this thing. category 2, 8:00 tomorrow morning. wind action picking up in ocean city. winds picking up there too. in the key can time between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. the storm will likely weak ton a category 1. it will send a tremendous amount of surf before clearing the area. one other look at this thing on the computer model here. it's extremely close to the western rain bands. it will scoot along the beaches. wind gusts probably close to 50 durin
of the beaches, delaware, maryland, virginia, looking good weather wise after tomorrow but the surf will be up. 10-footers tomorrow and still 4 to 6-foot waves and dangerous rip currents saturday. probably not that safe of a swim as we get into saturday and labor day monday. much more on earl as it max its approach. our live team coverage continues from ocean city. don harrison likes to give us a better idea of how vacationers and residents are actually getting ready for whatever earl brings. sam? >> reporter: kelly, we're down here you know, when i started at 4:00 this morning it was 76 degrees, it got a little warmer throughout the day, now dropped down to about 74 degrees, so we're standing by to see what earl is gonna do. we're going in the labor day weekend. the city is taking all the precautions they can. when you come to a vacation town like this, as ai did, if you look around you get to see a lot of interesting people. the boardwalk looks like a normal city day. surfers learned that big sur have means better rides. little kids find that high waves make bubbles travel further. meet walt
. >>> north carolina governor and virginia governor has declared states of emergency. forecasters believe hurricane earl could strengthen into a category 4 storms with winds of more than 135 miles per hour. it strength end again at the top of the 5:00 hour. >> it absolutely did kept kelly. >> . we are back to a category 4 hurricane as it make its way up the east coast. the track a little too close for comfort to ocean city maryland and most of the maryland, delaware and virginia beaches though we think north carolina really most in the track of this storm. with that in mind and with so many people traveling down to the beech here for the big travel weekend, we want to get some ground we got captain butch are vin with us. are you there? >> yes, i am. >> butch we know it's going to be a busy weekend for all of your guards some of the best lifeguards in america on the beaches of ocean city. tell us a little bit about what oc is getting ready to do to get ready for the big weekend. >> the thing is every time this year in august we get started we're not doing anything much different than a
, steve. and 100 miles away from you, sam champion is in virginia beach, following the size of the waves, and the flooding that may follow from them. sam? >> reporter: hey, good evening, diane. and yeah, there have been big changes with earl today, but there will be hurricane-force winds on the outer banks of north carolina tonight. that storm is 130 miles away from atlantic beach, north carolina, and just look at the waves. you said at the top of the show, 15 feet, easy. and we expect they'll be about 20-foot waves there. buoy reports near the eye of the storm have put the waves at 40 feet high. a 3d satellite picture is the best way to show you the changes in earl today. and in the last couple of days. when that storm is well organized and powerful, it has a tight, well-formed eye. now it's difficult to find the eye. the hurricane force winds are still powerful enough to brush that side of the cape, and also, we think cape cod, as well. here's the latest track from the hurricane center, and good news for the mid-atlantic coast, delaware, virginia, even new york city. it is going to pas
carolina, virginia, and maryland are all under states of emergency. the only thing left to do now is wait it out or get out. >> it's serious, i think immigrants a serious hurricane, it could get real dangerous in a measure re. so why take a chance. >> reporter: and, as of about an hour ago, you can add massachusetts to that list of states of emergency. live in atlantic beach, t.j. winnik, abc 2 news. kelly? >> all right. let's get right into it. latest on hurricane -- oh, we just had that report from the outer banks, you could see tropical storm force winds expected in the next few hours, right there, in the outer banks, and the core of this sti a large hurricane still a category 3, winds from 125 miles per hour. but as we track this the eye wall is still several hundred miles, 420 miles from ocean city, about 220 miles from the banks. but, of course, there's much storm between the outer bands and the eye wall. let's take a look at ocean city. time lapse photography, things beginning to head downhill a little bit. the biggest thing is the surf and the winds coming up to close to 30 miles
, virginia and maryland. and social security checks have even been mailed early to recipients in ten states. >> right now, the category 4 storm is 400 miles across. it actually picked up speed overnight. it's expected to reach the north carolina coast later today. and that's where emily schmidt is now tracking the latest conditions. what's it like right now, emily? >> reporter: rob and mike, you look at the skies right now. they're clear. you can easily see the stars and the moon. you look behind me at the sea and you can tell there's not much of a breeze. we know the winds will pick up. so, too, will be pace of preparations. you want proof of that? i got it right here. our hotel delivered this letter to everyone. it says there's a mandatory evacuation for tourists on this island. it begins in less than an hour. this is the eye of hurricane earl. an area of calm in the midst of what is a monster category 4 storm. it's threatening more of the east coast than any hurricane in nearly 20 years. >> he's on the way. >> reporter: and that means people are on their way out. >> they won't let us sta
. the governor of virginia plans to declare a state of emergency in his state later today. >>> and even a slight change in the storm's track could make an enormous difference. >> with the latest on the path, we're joined by accuweather's jeanette calle. hi, jeannette. >> good morning, rob and mike. we're keeping an eye on earl, which is a major hurricane. it is continuing to track to the northwest at about 14 miles per hour. it is north of his pan nola. but is it going to run east of the bahamas. there is a tropical storm warning in effect for the turks and caicos islands. behind earl, we have fiona, which is moving westward, set to impact the leeward islands today, with tropical storm force winds and rainfall. here's the forecast eye path with hurricane earl. it's going to be approaching the southeast coast throughout the day today. so, expect to see dangerous rip currents, anywhere from coastal florida to coastal areas of south carolina. a hurricane watch was issued for those areas north of surf city, north carolina, into the north carolina/virginia border. and it's going to make its closest a
. it was later in september that year when hurricane isabel took aim at the mid-atlantic. she blasted virginia beach towns before moving inland and weakening to a tropical storm. normally that would be a good thing but not considering the size of the storm. even though it's center was moving across western maryland and pennsylvania, its circulation was pushing water back up the bay causing epic flooding, from annapolis to downtown baltimore. people were wading or paddling just to try to get around. >>> now we want you to know that you can get the latest on earl's path on our website, abc2news.com. we're going to have up-to-the-minute forecasts and the latest updates from everyone that earl has an impact. state with abc 2 news throughout the week. we'll have live team coverage starting thursday until after earl has passed us by. >>> in other news tonight, baltimore city police and firefighter unions are sounding the alarm or pension dispute. the unions are holding rallies including one tonight downtown. members say they'll continue to protect baltimore even if city officials, in their words, ha
along the east coast it is now a big game of wait and see for hurricane earl. the governor of virginia is set to declare a state of emergency in his state today. and in north carolina, hundreds of residents living on the outer banks have been ordered to evacuate as the cat 4 storm approaches. the governor gave this warning to residents. >> any person who lives on the coast of north carolina, or any person who has reason to think the storm track might go over their house, ought to go out and gather up those supplies, put them in that water-tight box. it doesn't cost a lot to buy batteries and snacks and water to get through three or four days. medicine if you need it. evacuation plans if the worst should happen. but only we can take care of ourselves. we have all of the players from the most remote part of north carolina to the most urban part all on ready. we're set. and when the hurricane hits we can go. >> tense days ahead for those folks. not since hurricane bob in 1991 has such a powerful storm had such a large swath of the east coast in its sights. that's according to the national
in the baltimore out of virginia and north carolina. at this point in time it's not in here yet. we think there could be more heavy downpours and we have had so urain, two and a quarter inch muchs in manchester and close to an inch everywhere else. that's what we are watching for with this. we are looking at a generally clear night. at the moment 71, humidity 93% and winds south at three. pressure falling. temperatures not that bad but so humid. you can almost cut it with a knife. probably will see fog toward daybreak. really muggy conditions. the humidity numbers high. dew points up around 70. that'so pressive and that will help fuel showers and storms. take you out wider perspective. here is the weather maker. centered over north of atlanta georgia. it's still getting up a lot of atlantic moisture and a lot of rain. i don't think we will see severe storms but we will see heavy downpours through the overnight. we could still see some rain -- we should dry out in to the afternoon. maybe even get the sun out. up around 80 and then into wednesday a dry start but the chance for more rain to
. what is up with earl? earl is bringing some rain to the carolinas and virginia. as we go through the morning hours once that sun comes up and go into the afternoon, i'd say maybe around 12:00, 1:00, we will be seeing earl and it will be getting out of here. here are your headlines for today. the beaches still have a tropical storm warning and hurricane watch. the winds, 30 to 60 miles per hour with that, and the waves 10 to 15. and then the bay does have coastal flood advisories in effect for today as well. so ocean city's temperature coming in at 75 degrees. this is abc 2 storm tracker. we have not seen any type of change over the past hour here. the dew point is 75 and it feels like 71. the winds have been changing and that's about it. the satellite is showing -- this is what i wanted to show you before. i like showing you this one not because it's just pretty but because it shows you what's going on here. you can see where this started. you can see there's no eye as of now. you can see the color here. this is just an enhanced satellite showing you where the shy and coldest clo
:16. a hurricane watch has been extended to virginia beaches. it's creeping up the coast. it's a matter of timing and expecting conditions within the next 36-48 hours as we're a day and a half away from the storm impact us weather-wise. waves will build up today and tomorrow and then really especially as they head through friday morning. there's hurricane earl, fiona lagging behind. winds now 125 miles per hour. it's a category 3 storm, weaker than it was just yesterday, but it's still a major hurricane and still chugging to the northwest at 14 miles per hour, which means it's a fast-moving system and although it's slowing down a little bit, it's still expected to be a fast pass as it rolls up the east coast. that was a fast transition. i want to show you what we're expecting. winds forecast to be 120 miles per hour when it's off the north carolina coastline, and the actual hurricane force winds in this deeper shading here, it's 90 miles across clipping the outer banks, will it clip ocean this? the next time frame is the evening hours through saturday morning. we're right on the edge in ocean cit
and virginia have all declared state of emergencies. >> reporter: we know that earl is now getting bigger, nearly 500-feet across. winds are blowing stronger. earl is starting to move faster. that's why here in atlantic beach, everyone in hotels got a letter saying mandatory evacuation. that evacuation began just about an hour ago. >> reporter: this is the eye of hurricane earl, an area of calm in did midst of what is a monster category four storm. threatening more of the east coast than any hurricane in nearly 20 years. people are on their way out. >> they won't let us stay. they'll make us sit in this traffic. >> mandatory evacuations are spreading across north carolina. >> long lines of latest summer tourists leaving with unexpected vacation memories. >> we're looking forward to a nice vacation. now our vacation's over. >> reporter: earl-induced work is just beginning. emergency shelters are being set up, homes boarded up, boats pulled out of the water so safety. >> we try to be prudent and make sure the boat doesn't get damaged. >> you never know what flying debris you'll get. >> we c
need to see for maryland, ocean city, virginia, delaware to get a more glancing below. but we'll see a partial landfall in the outer banks of the north carolina area, going to be rough times down there tonight. we'll be tracking the storm throughout the news. back to you rosy. >>> the maryland transportation short says a wind warning will be issued when wind speeds hit 30 to 39 miles per hour on the bay bridge. when a warning is in place, vehicles with roof mounted racks, motorcycles, or any other vehicle subject to high winds are advised to use caution when traveling across the bridge. now if they reach 40 to 49 miles per hour, house trailers and box vehicles and any others determined unsafe by police will not be allowed to cross the bridge. >>> baltimore county managers say they have been gun tracking earl monday and they are about to make preparations for if it hits here. >> closest distance to baltimore for the national weather service will be 270 miles. >> reporter: with its emergency operations center on alert status baltimore county leaders are receiving hourly reports on hurr
did was to people's labor day vacation plans. amtrak canceled trains between richmond, virginia, and virginia beach. and suspended service between new york and boston. southwest airlines canceled 65 flights. while continental canceled about 60 departures from its hub at newark's liberty airport. and marysol castro is in montauk, new york, with more on the travel angle. mary, good morning to you. >> good morning, everyone. here at ditch plains, the aftermath. here, a lot of debris washed ashore on the beaches and throughout the city streets. the other question was the rough surf. at the height of the storm, 30-mile-per-hour to 40-mile-per-hour wind gusts. and rough seas. 16-foot seas. this morning, you can still see the seas are still angry. there's a few brave souls out there. but this is much calmer than what we saw overnight. heavy rain drenched long island, as earl pushed northward. massive waves scattering debris along the shoreline. nature's wrath making the roads unsafe. hundreds of vacationers here in montauk are holed up in their hotel rooms, as the driving rain and wind
trying to pop up, but that was mainly in virginia. as we give you the wire view, we'll see what's going on in tk. this was once tropical storm hermine, it's continuing into oklahoma and kansas. if you're travels take you that way, you might want to rethink that because they are definitely going to see lots of water across that area. here's our forecast. we'll have a few clouds that will move in for thursday and friday but behind the front we'll get more sunshine. so i am going to forecast mostly sunny to partly cloudy as we go through tomorrow and also friday. so we definitely have some good days ahead. and good days ahead if you like the cooler temperatures as well. temperature-wise today, there's that 87 i was walking about, maybe at bwi, we could reach around 90 degrees. so warm and windy. windy is going to be the big story again. that's basically enhancing some of the fire threats we have as well. by tonight, yes, the clouds pretty much get out of here and you'll get that cooldown as the front moves through. 55, mostly clear and by tomorrow, check out the temperatures, 78 degrees, m
watches from north carolina to new jersey, and our weather editor sam champion is in virginia, in a part of the road that looks like it's becoming a lake. >> reporter: three people died in north carolina when their car hydroplane into a ditch. this is highway 17 in eastern north carolina. there's three inches of water on it, but more than two feet of water beside it. in wilmington, north carolina, streets were overwhelmed by 22 1/2 inches of rain. why so much rain? three systems combining to bring extreme downpours from north carolina to maine, as tropical storm nicole broke apart wednesday night, a second storm formed, along an east coast cold front. so much rain, it stalled east coast travel, unless you were searching down main street. and we are in norfolk, right now, looking at the traffic not able to drive around the flooding. there is more rain, diane. look at the map. there's a second batch of moisture, this is what was left of the center of nicole, that is going to travel just about the same path as the rain did today. that means two to four additional inches of rain, and that's
vacation of summer. north carolina, virginia, emergency tonight. for earl. >> reporter: on hatteras island today, thousands of visitors from across the world were told the hurricane is coming too close, and they would have to >> pain in the butt. >> reporter: bill and his family were forced to abandon their two-week vacation and drive back to maryland tonight. >> rented a big house and they kicked us out this morning. >> reporter: a group of friends who planned to spend the week in this house is now on the road to canada. >> we're heading back to >> reporter: 18 hours? >> yes, straight. >> reporter: today, the one road off the island was a slow-moving mess. >> they won't let us stay. >> reporter: the storm is fearsome and still forecast to but state officials worry it >> there have been times when people have sworn to us it's not going to touch us and within three hours it's right on top of us. bottled water, generators and 300,000 peoples to north carolina and massachusetts. >> we could see watches and warnings continue to move up the east coast. that's why it's so important for residents
through virginia beach and north carolina and outer banks where they're expecting the biggest blow from earl. there's the cold front itself. we have high pressure off the coast and running into the heat. this cold front is going to end the heat. but they're helping to steer earl. earl is expected to clip its way across the out are banks of the carolinas. cape hatious may feel some mild hurricane-force winds. the model shows that it doesn't really reach ocean city we'll be in this little zone between both systems. it does help to push the storm off the shore. 150 miles away from ocean city they may get outer are rain band and squalls and probably winds 40, 50 miles an hour. but nothing from earl in baltimore. today's high 95. a little cool down to 93. earl passing together east and maybe a thundershower in the eastern shore and 86 on friday with winds increasing. but the temperatures dropping off in the low zeros over the weekend -- low 80s over the weekend and we should stay nice and dry through labor day. one little blip that we call earl. >> say yes, you agree. >> i agree. >> we'll sw
and virginia and the outer band still off the coast and it's going to be making its way in as we go into the overnight hours. and we are also going to be seeing a cold front. yes, that's what you are seeing. a cold front is going to be push in. a cold front and hurricane earl. here's the wider view i wanted to show you. you can see that eye and boy, that eye is really getting it act together. the storm getting its act together. this will start to weaken a little bit as it starts to move closer to us. but the bad news is, it is still going to be a major hurricane. it is a category 4. the forward movement is north, northwest at 16 miles an hour. it's 633 miles away west, southwest of bermuda. we are looking at that. but also check out what's happening. so it gets to ocean city, like i said, it will encounter some sheer. it will weaken it and also run into cooler water and that weakens it as well. forecast at 115 miles an hour. that's still a category 3. then it's going to get out of here, head into the north. and then we are going to be looking much better as we go into the weekend. h
carolina, virginia, maryland, and massachusetts. and certainly that should help getting those necessary resources to where they need to go as soon as the storm blows out to sea. now right now the storm is on a path to cape cod, massachusetts, with its 500,000 summer residents. even though a hurricane hitting the northeast is a once in a generation event, emergency officials up there promise that they will be ready. since the storm has been forecast, over 100,000 residents down here in the barrier islands have been forced to evacuate. rob and mike? >> t.j., from your vantage point, any discernible damage in that area or are things pretty minimal? >> reporter: i would say things are minimal. of course, we've had some moments of extreme weather down here. the surf, about 12 feet high. the rain, the wind. certainly the sky has been ominous. but overall, a lot less damage than people expected. and a lot smoother situation, thank goodness. >> certainly good news. t.j., thank you very much for that report. >>> as hurricane earl leaves his mark on north carolina, people in the northeast are now
, preparations are under way. the governors of north carolina, virginia and maryland declared states of emergency. bob mcdonald activated the national guard, sending 200 troops to the chesapeake bay area. the postal service is delivering social security checks early to the coastal area of north carolina, virginia, maryland, delaware and new york. and the u.s. navy returning home from somalia, rushed to get home to virginia, ahead of the bad weather. on this beach, even the sea turtle nests were picked up and moved for safety. and surf's up in wrights head, north carolina. but it's extremely rough. and tourists are told to get out. now. >> they kicked us out this morning. >> they won't let us stay. they're going to make us sit in this traffic. >> back to jersey. >> reporter: with hurricane earl so close to the coastline, the entire east coast is threatened. if this storm jogs a little bit one way or the other, it will make a huge difference in which areas are affected. here at atlantic beach, herb and cindy know better. they're not taking any chances, moving their furniture indoors. since you've b
of the chesapeake bay, including our sea horse which in the maryland portion we don't see very often. in virginia, of course they have lots of them. we also have the atlantic croaker which the common name is hard head. good eating fish. our striped bass, of course, and our spots. these guys are 2-year-old horseshoe crabs, and this is an adult. >> reporter: oh, wow. oh, my goodness, that looks -- ew. >> this is the mouth. this is the male. he has claspers. >> reporter: oh, my god. >> he's very prehistoric but it's good stuff for us. we use him for different things medically. of course go terps diamondback terrapins, snapping turtle, eel, crabs and oysters and our box turtle. so what we do is we travel around to schools and to events, birthday parties and things like that and carry the message of stormship in the bay. by introducing people and letting them touch the animals in the bay, we hope to foster stewward ship of the bay. we have different messages of, you know, you can do x to like turning up the water while brushing your teeth. >> we've had kids from all over who some have never seen some
, with hurricane watches for north carolina and virginia. evacuations are under way in north carolina this morning. sam is there. and we'll have the very latest for us this morning. >> it moved a little east overnight. still a serious threat. >>> our other top story, the president's address from his new oval office last night. saying after seven years of war in iraq, it's time to turn the page and focus on fixing our economy at home. the official handover ceremony takes place in baghdad today. 50,000 troops will remain in iraq. nearly 100,000 in afghanistan. we'll speak with the vice president about what comes next. >>> and a stunning end to the alaska senate race. republican lisa murkowski concedes the race to joe miller, in what may be one of the biggest upsets in the 2010 election. >> the tea party showing so much strength in the republican primaries. >>> we want to get straight to hurricane earl. it's been almost 20 years since a storm this massive threatens such a large portion of the east coast. our team is portioned across the storm path. and we start with sam in north carolina. >> good mor
to touch us, and within three hours it's right on >> reporter: north carolina, virginia, and maryland are all under states of emergency. fema is already shipping bottled water, generators and 300,000 meals to north carolina and massachusetts. cape cod is also in the path of earl and home to 500,000 summer residents. >> we could see watches and warnings continue to move up the east coast. that's why it's so important for residents to have evacuation plans ready to go if the evacuation orders are called for. >> reporter: the last time a hurricane posed such a threat to the east coast was in 1991, when hurricane bob caused an estimated $620 million in damage. t.j. winick, abc news, pine knoll shores, north carolina. >>> now to the path of hurricane earl, which is something much of the east coast is keeping a very close eye on. >> no doubt about that. accuweather's ava dinges is tracking the storm for us. good morning, ava. >> good morning, mike and rob. hurricane earl the first hurricane of the 2010 season to impact the east coast, right now a major hurricane as it continues to increase
with lorena bobbitt. so, i tracked her down in virginia to talk about what happened after all those cameras went away. it was the headline felt around the world. >> the woman who cut off her husband's penis. >> lorena bobbitt. >> attracted international attention. >> last thing i remember, i woke up. she just cut it off. >> i don't know why. he hurt me. >> reporter: 24-year-old lorena bobbitt said she had been sexually assaulted by her husband one too many times. so, she struck back with a kitchen knife, while her husband slept. >> years of violence and abuse, that she was unable to overcome her impulse to defend herself. >> reporter: while lorena was charged with malicious wounding, he was charged with marital sexual abuse. the trial transfixed america. joke about the bobbitts became a national pastime. and while both were found not guilty, lorena was evaluated and 45 days in a psychiatric institution. eventually, the frenzy died down. that was lorena then. and this is lorena now, 17 years later. a shy and petite 41-year-old mother, using her maiden name, lorena gallo. does it feel like a
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